Mansfield Town target place in Championship after sealing Blue Square Premier title

Stags V Wrexham
Stags V Wrexham

JUBILANT Mansfield Town chairman John Radford is targeting a place in the Championship after the club sealed promotion back into the Football League.

Stags defeated Wrexham 1-0 on Saturday to confirm their place in next season’s League Two leading to wild celebrations in the stands and the dressing room.

The dramatic promotion ended a five year stay in the Blue Square Premier, which saw Mansfield play more than 60,000 minutes in the fifth tier of English football.

And speaking moments after the dramatic final whistle, Radford vowed that there was more to come.

“We have got the ground back and now we have got our Football League place back. I now want to see us get in to the Championship,” he said.

“If we can take the support we have had today then we can build on promotion. I want to take this club as far as I can, but we need the support.

“You can have a good manager and a good squad, but the reality of modern day football is that you need capital as well. We need the supporters and the town to get behind us.

“I want to eventually see us in the Championship, that is the aim. I just want to take this club as far as I can.”

Radford

“The fans were fantastic today, just like they have been all season. The away support we have had has been fantastic. This is a dream come true for everyone, it is fantastic to finally be back in the Football League.”

Stags can now look forward to mouthwatering fixtures against former FA Cup winners Portsmouth and this year’s Capital One cup finalists Bradford City.